Luis Perez (minors07)
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Luis Julián Pérez González
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 193 lb.
Luis J. Pérez played seven years in the minors and later appeared in Spain and Italy.
Pérez debuted in 2000 with the DSL Athletics, hitting .237 with little pop. In 2001, he returned to the same club and batted .351; he also went 31-for-36 in steal attempts. He was fifth in the Dominican Summer League in average that year.
Luis came stateside in 2002 with the AZL Athletics, batting .339/.407/.506 and scoring 33 runs in 42 games. He was second in the Arizona League in average behind Matt Creighton and made the AZL All-Star team as the designated hitter.
Pérez slowed down in 2003 with the Vancouver Canadians, hitting .273/.344/.367 while moving practically full-time to the outfield (he had played some infield in the past). He had seven outfield assists.
In 2004, the Venezuelan produced at a .271/.341/.366 rate for the Kane County Cougars. The next season, he split time between Kane County (.286/.314/.453 in 56 G) and the Stockton Ports (.302/.341/.466 in 31 contests). In 2006, Pérez wrapped up his Organized Baseball career with a fine .334/.374/.474 line for Stockton. He also had 15 assists in 90 games in the outfield. He led A's farmhands in batting average and led the California League in average (according to MILB.com; the 2007 Baseball Almanac, using a higher plate appearance standard, lists Chris Rahl).
In 2009, the veteran came to Spain with the Marlins Puerto Cruz. He hit .432/.481/.758 with 22 runs and 25 RBI in 23 games to help the Marlins to the pennant. He was second in the Division de Honor in average, led in slugging (.058 over Richard Montiel), was third in OBP, tied for 9th in RBI and was 7th in home runs (7).
He was put on Spain's preliminary roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup. He was one of the country's top threats in the event, hitting .313/.476/.750 with 3 home runs; only Paco Figueroa was as productive. He had a batter OPS than Puerto Rico's Miguel Abreu, who was named to the Cup's All-Star outfield.
For 2010, Luis signed with Danesi Nettuno in Italy.